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LunaFest Palm Springs

Presented by Soroptimist International of Palm Springs

2020 Films

LADY PARTS

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 A struggling actor finally gets her big break, only to realize the glass ceiling can also be a camera lens. 


FILMMAKERS:  ERIN RYE & JESSICA SHERIF 


Jessica Sherif will be our special guest speaker at this year's event!! 

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 An earnest ball of yarn gets a job at a fast-paced, high-energy, bro-tastic start-up. 


FILMMAKERS:  KRISTEN LESTER & GILLIAN LIBBERT-DUNCAN 

BALLET AFTER DARK

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 A young woman finds strength after an attack by creating an organization to help survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence through dance therapy. 


FILMMAKER:  B. MONÉT 

THERE YOU ARE

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 A trans woman must dress like a man to say goodbye to her dying grandmother. 


FILMMAKER:  LISA DONATO 

XMAS CAKE —THIS AMERICAN SHELF-LIFE

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 This coming-of-middle-age story follows a pop singer’s journey from hot to not, and what ensues across cultures from New York to Tokyo. 


FILMMAKERS:  PETRA HANSON & MAY YAM 

GAME

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 A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys’ basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team? 


FILMMAKER:  JEANNIE DONOHOE 

HOW TO SWIM

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 In the last days of her pregnancy, a terrified mother-to-be kidnaps a maternal stranger for an afternoon of hijinks. 


FILMMAKER:  NOA GUSAKOV 

Special Guest Speaker

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Jessica Sherif, one of the filmmakers of "Lady Parts", will be at our event to answer your questions after the screening!

Jessica Sherif is an Algerian-Canadian director whose work unites captivating visuals with emotionally impactful stories and unapologetically human characters. 


Her film Hollywoodland is currently in post-production. It stars Yetide Badaki (American Gods) and Karen David (Fear The Walking Dead). Her directing credits include the short films You Again and Twinning, the pilot for Real Housewives of The Oregon Trail, and branded videos for companies like Soul Pancake.


Sherif is developing a documentary series with Time Studios. Previously, she produced the Netflix series Ultimate Beastmaster, was development director for Creature Films at Entertainment One, and spent years writing, producing, and directing the Emmy Award–winning investigative series Dan Rather Reports


Sherif was recently selected into the 2019 Women In Film Mentoring Program for directors. She holds two law degrees from McGill University and a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She is also a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade. She speaks fluent French and Spanish.


For more about Jessica Sherif, please visit www.jessicasherif.com.

Lady Parts Trailer